Dr. Enid Slack
The Director of the Institute is Dr. Enid Slack, one of Canada's foremost experts in municipal finance. Enid has been working in this field for over 40 years and is respected nationally and internationally for her research on municipal finance and governance.
Dr. Richard M. Bird
Dr. Richard M. Bird is professor emeritus in the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and Senior Fellow of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. His research interests include tax policy and administration, local and regional finance, and intergovernmental fiscal relations.
Bill Hughes is a Senior Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. He has over 35 years of experience in finance and public policy at both the provincial and municipal levels of government. Bill’s research and policy interests include municipal financial sustainability, demographics, urban economics, the impact of planning policy on municipal finance, and the economics of water policy.
Joe Pennachetti is Senior Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. He has over 35 years of municipal financial management experience. As the Toronto City Manager from 2008 to 2015, Joe was responsible for 37,000 staff, an operating budget of $12 billion, and a $30 billion 10 year capital plan.
Dr. Alexandra Flynn
Alexandra Flynn is Assistant Professor in the City Studies program at the University of Toronto (Scarborough). She teaches and researches in the areas of urban governance and local government law. Alexandra has over ten years of experience as a lawyer in Vancouver representing First Nations and as a senior policy official at the City of Toronto where she focused on intergovernmental relations.
Dr. Aaron A. Moore
Dr. Aaron A. Moore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, at the University of Winnipeg, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of City Planning, at the University of Manitoba. Aaron was formerly an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo. He received his Doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2009.
Dr. Zack Taylor
Dr. Zack Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Western University, where he teaches and researches on comparative urban political economy, regional planning and governance, local government and finance, and local public administration. He is also a non-practicing Registered Professional Planner in Ontario.
Alejandra Reyes is the 2018-2019 Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. She received her BA in Architecture at UC Berkeley and an MS and PhD in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of housing and urban development, policy and governance, and socioeconomic disparities.
Manager, Programs and Research
Tomas Hachard is Manager of Programs and Research at IMFG. Prior to joining the Institute, he was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Council of Ontario Universities, where he led major projects in policy, communications, and government relations.
Administrative and Communications Assistant
Manini Sheker is the Administrative and Communications Assistant at IMFG. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto and an MPhil in International Development from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked as a research analyst and writer with the Aga Khan Foundation, FHI360, Cuso International and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She has written on global development, religion and the arts for publications such as The Guardian, The Walrus, Aeon Magazine and The Conversation UK.